Idaho State v Gonzaga Recap

Published on 20 November 2021 at 15:22

It appeared to be an intriguing matchup for several reasons.


  • The early match-up between two teams from their respective conferences picked to be in the hunt to cut down nets in March
  • The results of their first two match-ups vs Montana State and Montana. MSU (another preseason favorite to have a chance to win the BSC) lost in a lopsided game and Montana who was picked to finish in the middle of the BSC providing a tougher game than expected in Dahlberg last weekend.
  • Comparison of three teams in the BSC who have played a very respectable opponent. How would ISU stack up?


This matchup should have been a good barometer of where some of the BSC teams stacked up against a very deep and talented Zag team. However, Diaba Konate the dynamic point guard for ISU did not suit up (did not hear why)...a huge loss for the Bengals. ISU is a very balanced, tough, hard-nosed, well-coached team but missing Konate was too much, and combining that with a very slow start for the Bengals on the offensive (2/10 from the floor and 0/5 from 3) and defensive end proved to be the early blow that ISU never recovered from. 


Gonzaga is deep and talented. Early in the game, their defensive pressure both full and in the half-court, their length, and size played a huge factor in the early 23-4 lead at the end of the 1st quarter. Gonzaga controlled the pace of the game with the savvy and skill of the Truong sisters. Both are good in the pic and roll game, they play with a great change of speed and do a great job of finding the bigs on the dive. They are also relentless on the glass on both ends and the rotation of the bigs (Ejim, Kempton, Virjoghe, and Salenbien) just overwhelm teams. Defensively they have length and size on the back end and they bring length and talent off the bench with players McKayla Williams and Eliza Hollingsworth. 


Gonzaga took advantage of the Bengals not having their primary ball-handler and was able to stick to their game plan of pressure defense. This made ISU play a little faster than they probably would have liked. ISU struggled to get any quality shots early and often in this matchup. Gonzaga’s 17 points off of 17 ISU turnovers as well as the rebound differential were also huge factors in Gonzaga’s win this night. 


ISU settled in after that 1st quarter but the deficit was too big to overcome. The Zag lead only grew as the game went on. Missing Konate forced Goles and Bourne to play primary ball handlers. While both are great at creating shots for themselves having Konate’s presence allows for those 2 to play off of Kontate’s ability to get to the paint and make the defense collapse. Bourne is probably one of the more versatile players in the BSC but she and the rest of the Bengals only shot 34% from the floor, 16% from 3, and 40% from the FT line. Bourne finished with 3 1/6 shooting and 1/2 from 3, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. Goles was held 2/7 from the floor and 1/6 from 3 (the single 3 was career 3 142). Ors led the Bengals with 11 and shot 5/12 and 0/5 from 3 and 3 assists.


This matchup obviously would have been a better one with Konate in the lineup. Could have been a fun early look at a BSC favorite vs a talented Zag team. The Bengals are talented, balanced, and have tons of experience. Staying healthy will be a big factor as they do not go very far into the bench. 


Stay tuned for the #BSBreakdown RECAPS for the SUU v UNLV & BSC Preseason POY Beyonce Bea Player Profile. 

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